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Join the cause, participate in these Sexual Violence Prevention Week events



One in five women will be a victim of completed or attempted sexual assault while in college, according to the National Criminal Justice Reference Service. For men, it’s one in 16.

At the University of Oregon, that totals roughly 2,520 women and 720 men.

And that’s exactly why this week has been declared Sexual Violence Prevention Week. The UO encourages community members to raise awareness, support survivors and prevent sexual violence by participating in the following events.

April 27­–May 1

ACTIVE FOR CHANGE: All fitness, PE and Group X classes will be honoring Sexual Violence Prevention Week. A full calendar of the Group X classes offered can be found online.

Student Recreation Center.

SURVIVOR AWARENESS DISPLAY: A display to raise awareness and show support for survivors.

13th Avenue on campus. 

Monday, April 27

SEXUAL WELLNESS ADVOCACY TEAM WORKSHOP: An interactive, theatre-based workshop on the dynamics of sexual assault prevention.

7:00 p.m., Lawrence Hall 166. Join the Facebook event here.

Tuesday, April 28

LIBERATION LUNCH PART II: “LITIGATION AND SOCIAL CHANGE”: Free lunch and presentation by a local attorney who has experience representing the plaintiff’s side in sexual assault survivor casework. Also featuring Michele Roland-Schwartz and Jackie Sandmeyer of the Oregon Sexual Assault Task Force. 

Noon–1:30 p.m., Wesley Center, 1236 Kincaid St. Join the Facebook event here.

EVENING MEAL AND CONVERSATION: Roland-Schwartz and Sandmeyer of the Oregon Sexual Assault Task Force will facilitate a free meal and conversation focusing on local and state resources for survivors, preventionists and allies. 

4:30 p.m.–6:00 p.m., Wesley Center. Join the Facebook event here.

THE HUNTING GROUND FILM SHOWING: Free screening of the startling documentary on sexual assault on U.S. campuses, institutional cover-ups and the brutal social toll on victims and their families.

7:30 p.m.­–9:30 p.m., Global Scholars Hall. Find out more on the event here.

Wednesday, April 29

THE SUPPORT PROCESS: A panel of UO staff will talk about the options available for students to receive help and/or report incidents of sexual violence.

4:00 p.m.–5:20 p.m., Lillis 112. Join the Facebook event here.

MEN AND ALLIES UNITED: WALK, TALK AND ROLL TO PREVENT SEXUAL VIOLENCE: Experts and service providers in the field of sexual violence will speak on the nature and occurrence of sexual violence, how to support survivors and ways that male-identified people can be involved in prevention. Campus and community leaders will also share their personal commitments to ending sexual violence.

5:00 p.m.–6:30 p.m., EMU Amphitheater. Join the Facebook event here.

Thursday, April 30

TAKE BACK THE NIGHT: RALLY/MARCH/SPEAK OUT TO END SEXUAL VIOLENCE: Take Back The Night provides a unique opportunity to address misconceptions about sexual violence, for survivors’ voices to be heard and for community members to support them. This year’s overarching theme is intersectionality.

6:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m., rally at the EMU Amphitheater; 7:00 p.m., march from EMU Amphitheater to downtown; 8:30 p.m., Survivor Speak Out inside the Atrium Building downtown. Join the Facebook event here.

Friday, May 1

SAAM DEBRIEF: Safe space and hanging out the day after Take Back the Night. Debrief the month with snacks, friends, arts/crafts, journaling, etc.

10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m., Wesley Center. Join the Facebook event here.

DUCK SOFTBALL VS. CALIFORNIA: Cheer on the Ducks as they dedicate this game to sexual violence prevention.

5:00 p.m., Howe Field. Get tickets here.

DUCK BASEBALL VS. STANFORD: Cheer on the Ducks as they dedicate this game to sexual violence prevention.

6:00 p.m., PK Park. Get tickets here.

(Event descriptions adapted from the University of Oregon’s Division of Student Life website.)


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Andrea Harvey

Andrea Harvey

Andrea is an arts and culture editor for the Emerald, and recent graduate of the UO School of Journalism and Communication.